|March 23, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Are Your Employees “Slackers”? How Employers Should Handle Slack—The Increasingly Popular Instant Messaging Application
Launched in 2014, Slack is the fastest growing business application in history. For those unfamiliar with this piece of technology, Slack is a cloud-based “team collaboration tool.” In simple terms, it is an instant messaging application that allows users to send messages and share files through online conversations.
Legalized cannabis is quickly making an entrance into all corners of the United States. Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. An additional 20 states allow medical marijuana. These numbers are likely to grow as the societal and political perspectives on cannabis legalization continue to shift.
To boost innovation and remain competitive, employers often have no option but to sponsor foreign nationals for H-1B work visas to meet their labor needs, especially when it comes to workers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. While employment in STEM occupations has grown 79 percent since 1990 and outpaced overall U.S. job growth, the number of U.S. students enrolling in STEM studies has not kept up.
Tax season is in the rearview mirror, and you can only hope that the IRS will not take a second look at what you filed. Perhaps the only thing worse than completing your tax returns is finding out that you’re being audited. Common responses to undergoing an audit may involve gnashing of teeth, pulling of hair, and other forms of self-inflicted minor violence.
It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes for the past few years—and this past month was no exception.